Great little film. Nice footage of a junkyard. Useful as stock footage. The creepy music sounds like the moaning of the souls of the dead.
April 17, 2011 Subject:
Very atypical Sid Davis flick. Unlike almost all his other films, this one has no narration whatever. We are only given snippets of conversation, imagined "last words", instead of instructions.
Secondly, as everyone else has noticed, the music is unbelievable. The unnatural sounds of the "music" fit in perfectly with the cold, harsh and hostile junkyard and huge shredder shown. Almost all of the scenes of the junkyard show heaps of wrecks and equipment that dwarf humans with rigid, dangerous and filthy angles. Several times I thought the music was actually a car skidding in one of the vignettes.
I think this would scare viewers out of junkyards rather than unsafe driving.
Some minor things:
The "In Memory" card has a bad mistake in it and the articulated forklift/car impaler thing.
April 23, 2009 Subject:
Sid Dawis Was.....
....One Paranoid Sicko....!....This Little Gem Is The "Forbidden Planet" Of The Junkyard.....And That Ending.....Thanks To All The Dead Dolts Who Made The Junkyard Business Possible!.For People Who Can't Afford New O.E.M. Parts...R.I.P.
March 24, 2006 Subject:
Formidable, mind-numbing electronic music and mountains of wreckage bestow What's the Big Hurry? with the distinction of being one of Sid Davis' most macabre films. As the operators of an automotive recycling and dismantling yard prepare scores of mangled vehicles for processing, closeup camera shots coupled with voiceovers from various individuals who have perished in accidents with the aforementioned vehicles starkly reveal the follies of reckless driving induced by, among other factors, hastiness, peer pressure, and personal angst. Through this unique, memorable approach, Davis effectively imparts to viewers the importance of maintaining a tranquil mind when getting behind the steering column. A true classic of the driving safety genre.
March 19, 2005 Subject:
"That Robert Redford is so cute!"
Very bizarre film, probably THE most bizarre film El Sid ever made, that features demolished cars, and voiceovers of the 'people' that caused them to get demolished. There's some great shots of late 60's (albeit banged up) cars, and some far out fashions (love the fedora). But what REALLY sets this film out is it's soundrack which is sort of the electronica gone haywire, nothing which I've heard in a SD film before. Some of the music is quite jarring, and some quite ridiculous.
September 23, 2003 Subject:
If these cars could talk...
Another journey into the frightening world of Sid Davis. The film is a just a bunch of footage taken at a junk yard. As the shots linger on the destroyed cars, we hear ominous dialogue... the last things the drivers said.
Not too much visually, the film's creepy, dissonant electronic score is excellent, and really adds to the film.
Be sure to listen to the car crashes; they all use the same SFX over and over. I think I first heard it in the song Transfusion Confusion.